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How EMS might change with movement to defund the police

The brutal murder of George Floyd has given birth to a nationwide opposition against the police and the injustice that follows through the law. Regardless of the Coronavirus pandemic's health consequences, protests broke down in the United States of America with many celebrities, activists, and local leaders actively participating in these protests.

The Black Lives Matter movement has drawn attention to the fact that many believe the police force is no longer focusing on keeping the community safe. Further investigation on this issue has enlightened the public on the massive amount of money transferred to these unions. The demonstrations against the police have led to a movement calling for the abolishment of the police force. Protestors believe that law enforcers are misusing their power, and as a consequence, their funding should either be reduced or disbanded.

Various controversies have surrounded the issue of the defunding of police. While some people believe that completely suspending funds is the ultimate solution for this social inequality and racism, the rest believe that some of the funds can be re-allocated to welfare programs or social services.

Law enforcement agencies in the United States of America are integrated with various social institutions and a large number of local agencies. With the changing dynamics in law enforcement, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) needs to understand and modify accordingly.

Emergency Medical Services should evaluate the impact of law enforcement on the local communities and plan and prepare accordingly for society's betterment. Rather than an unjust social system, proper planning should take place in a manner that law enforcement can include all communities living in the country with complete transparency. With the health measures such as public health, security, and justice, meeting people's needs and responding equally to all should be the main focus of this new system.

For a strategic and viable plan, the Emergency Medical Services might make changes in their approach to data collection, evaluation, and empirical evidence collection. Data and research are essential to understand the policing and healthcare system as they would lead to an in-depth analysis of the problems that need attention. In order to allocate resources properly with an equal distribution between the police unions and health organizations, all the decisions should take place with the help of data resources such as 911, 311, or non-emergency calls and crime incidents and arrest data. Evidence-based responses should be the next step after identifying data as high-quality research creates better and realistic solutions rather than false claims. EMS needs to ensure that its’ staff undergoes adequate training with preparedness for every situation with enough resources.

In summary, the Emergency Medical Services should focus on the future of health and public safety by collaborating with the law and enforcement to come up with long-term solutions. Alongside changes in policy, the EMS should also focus on prioritizing Americans' safety in the fight against Coronavirus by reaching on ways to speed up the growth of better health care facilities. Moreover, some essential grey areas need to be addressed, such as defining these policy changes' timeliness and the cost and benefits of these budget shifts. Such practices can create a fair and just system, maintaining peace and security in the country.

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